To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication hosted an event to celebrate the legislation giving women equal opportunity in college athletics and academics.
This year, the College of Communication's Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) created an annual forum to advance the dialogue on women's roles in sports, media and society.
Named "SixteenWomen" in honor of the women who organized the ancient Greek Heraea Games, the keynote speaker was Carol Stiff, vice president of programming and acquisitions at ESPN, a former collegiate basketball player and an advocate for women's sports. Fran Harris, a TPSM advisory board member, College of Communication alumna and lecturer, served as host. Harris also was a member of the undefeated 1986 University of Texas at Austin Women's Basketball team.
Additional speakers included:
- Eryn McMahan, senior account executive at IMG College, a U.S. collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company
- Patricia Lowry, coordinating producer at the Longhorn Network
- Mimi Griffin, owner and operator of MSG Promotions, a full-service event management and marketing firm with an emphasis on golf
In addition to the discussion, University of Texas Women's Track and Field Coach Bev Kearney presented TPSM's inaugural Title IX Legacy Award to Jody Conradt, who served as head coach of the Women's Basketball team from 1976 to 2007. Her 1985-86 team earned the 1986 NCAA Championship, becoming the first team to go undefeated (34-0) en route to the national title. Conradt also served as Women's Athletics Director from 1992 to 2001.